British Olympians get stamp of approval

Team GB’s Olympic gold medallists have been honoured with stamps featuring photos of their winning performances, less than 24 hours after their victories, writes Darren Wee.

Royal Mail has issued two first class stamps in honour of cyclist Bradley Wiggins and the British women’s rowing pair, all of whom won gold yesterday.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won Britain’s first gold medal of the games in the women’s pairs event at the rowing regatta, setting an Olympic record in the heats. The pair are the first British women to win a rowing gold and the first all-female sports team to appear on a British stamp.

Wiggins became the most decorated British Olympian in history by winning the men’s cycling individual time trial – his seventh Olympic medal and fourth gold – less than two weeks after his historic victory in the Tour de France.

About 100,000 gold medal stamps were delivered to over 500 post offices across the country this morning and went on sale at lunchtime.

Moya Greene, chief executive of Royal Mail, said: “We’re delighted to be issuing these very special gold medal stamps to recognise our Olympic champion UK athletes.

“This is a first for Royal Mail and we are proud to play our part in celebrating the many victories this summer.”

A post box in each of the gold medallists’ hometowns has been painted gold in their honour, in Glover’s and Stanning’s respective hometowns of Lossiemouth, Moray and Penzance, Cornwall, and Wiggins’ hometown of Chorley in Scotland. It is the first time in 140 years the boxes have been painted a colour other than their iconic red.